New cable-free brain imaging method may take social neuroscience to the next level

Existing electrophysiological and fluorescence-based brain imaging techniques in mice are generally invasive, require head fixes or cables, and are not suitable for long-term recordings. While there have been recent advances in imaging methods in freely moving animals, these are major limitations for researchers that are interested in the brain correlates of social behaviors. Researchers at Osaka University have developed a […]

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Addition of Businesses Required to Submit Prior Notification Concerning Inward Direct Investment

On May 27, 2019, the government of Japan publicized the public notices of the revision of the types of businesses subject to the provisions over inward direct investment, etc. in the official gazette. 1. Outline of the revision Foreign investors that intend to undertake inward direct investment, etc. in specified types of businesses in Japan are required to submit a […]

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The University of Tokyo, Toyota, and TRENDE to Begin Testing of Next-generation Electricity System

Aiming for the efficient usage of electricity, the three parties will test a system for trading electricity between individuals by utilizing distributed power supplies such as solar panels, secondary batteries, and electrified vehicles. Tokyo, Japan, May 23, 2019―The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota), and TRENDE Inc., (TRENDE) will jointly conduct tests, from June 17 at Toyota’s Higashifuji […]

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TCFD Consortium to be inaugurated

On May 27 (Mon.), 2019, five founders, inducing Mr. Kunio Ito, Professor, Graduate School of Business Administration, Hitotsubashi University, will inaugurate a new body called the “TCFD Consortium” (hereinafter referred to as the “consortium”) as an opportunity for holding discussions on effective corporate information disclosure and efforts for leading disclosed information to appropriate decision making on investment by financial institutes […]

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MEXT Minister submits inquiry to Central Council for Education on Elementary and Secondary School Education in a New Era

MEXT Minister Masahiko Shibayama visited the Central Council for Education on April 17th to submit an inquiry on the following 4 items for elementary and secondary school education in a new era. 1    Modality of compulsory education corresponding to a new era; 2    Modality of higher education corresponding to a new era; 3    Modality of education corresponding to the increasing […]

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Nissan Leaf Autech to go on sale in Japan

YOKOHAMA, Japan – The Nissan LEAF Autech will go on sale in Japan next month, adding exclusive styling to the world’s best-selling electric car. The customized model, based on the Nissan LEAF, will be launched June 21 by Autech Japan, Inc., a Nissan subsidiary. The Nissan LEAF Autech is the fourth model released under the Autech brand, following the Nissan Serena, […]

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Japan-China International Development Cooperation Policy Consultation

On 23 May 2019, the Japan-China International Development Cooperation Policy Consultation was held in Beijing, China. The outcome of the consultation is as follows: This consultation was attended by: from the Japanese side; Mr. Kazuya Nashida, Assistant Minister and Director General, International Cooperation Bureau, and other relevant officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) […]

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MOFA: Opinion Poll on Japan

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan commissioned research agencies to conduct an opinion poll on the image of Japan in the United States, Canada, five European countries, Russia and four Central Asian countries from January to February in 2019. The results of the poll are as follows. 1. United States The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan contracted with […]

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METI Nudge Unit Inaugurated

Aiming to improve the effects brought about by implementing its policies, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) inaugurated a METI Nudge Unit, a new internal project team for making use of a new policy approach based on behavioral economics, also known as “nudge.” In cooperation with experts, METI will design and promote specific nudge projects in certain fields, […]

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The master craftsmanship of the Century, Japan’s only chauffeur-driven car

A look inside Toyota Motor East Japan’s Higashi-Fuji Plant, which is responsible for producing every Century model, reveals the many ways master craftsmen leave their mark. A full model change in June 2018 led to the development of the third-generation Century, which remains Japan’s only chauffeur-driven automobile. Each Century model has been handcrafted at Higashi-Fuji Plant of Toyota Motor East […]

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FANUC: Construction of New Factory

FANUC CORPORATION is pleased to announce the construction of a new factory for ROBONANO. The existing ROBONANO factories (two buildings) will be combined, and shall be replaced by the new factory. The new factory will enhance production of the ROBONANO for turning, which is a new addition to the lineup of the current ROBONANO for machining. Overview of New ROBONANO […]

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Asahi Holdings completes acquisition of the beer and cider business of Fuller, Smith & Turner P.L.C.

Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. (“Asahi”) is pleased to announce that Asahi Europe Ltd (“AEL”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Asahi, completed the acquisition of the premium beer and cider business and other related assets (“Target Business”) of Fuller, Smith & Turner P.L.C. (“Fuller’s”), which is listed on the London Stock Exchange, and operates pubs, hotels, and a premium beer and […]

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Suzuki Reveals All-new Carry in Indonesia

Suzuki revealed a global truck, the all-new Carry in Indonesia. In 1976, Suzuki started export of the Carry from Japan, and started production in Indonesia in the same year. Since then, the Carry has been acclaimed for its ease-of-use and durability. It has supported working people in various industries including agriculture, fisheries, construction and delivery in 145 countries and regions […]

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Mazda Production and Sales Results for March 2019 and for April 2018 through March 2019 (Flash Report)

Mazda Motor Corporation’s production and sales results for March 2019 and for April 2018 through March 2019 are summarized below. I. Production Breakdown March 2019 Apr 2018 – Mar 2019 Jan – Mar 2019 Units YoY Change (%) Units YoY Change (%) Units YoY Change (%) DOMESTIC PRODUCTION Passenger Vehicles 89,136 -4.2 998,312 +2.3 268,096 +5.5 Commercial Vehicles 982 -12.2 […]

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